Emigrated on ship board.
Left Portsmouth on April 4, 1859. Left Reading April 6, 1859. Arrived on shipboard, the William Tapscott on April 6, 1859. Sailed from Liverpool April 11, 1859, with my two sisters, Sarah Jane Fry and Fanny Fry and Saints from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France and Swiss. All very happy as one family.
JOURNAL ON THE SEA
April 11, 1859
11th. Left Liverpool, all sick in the ship.
12th. I was a little sick, but made myself busy attending to the sick, cooking for them. Sarah and Fanny sick.
13th. All better.
14th. Stormy weather. I am better. Sarah and Fanny sick. Sailed 245 miles.
15th and 16th. All well.
17th. Sunday, fine day. Good meetings today. 5 English, 8 Scandinavians, 1 Swiss married today. One child blessed that was born on board.
18th. Rough, nearly all sick.
19th. All well.
20th. Bad wind, all well, from Liverpool, 1020 miles.
21st. Bad wind, from Liverpool 1065 miles, all's well.
22nd. From Liverpool 1170.
23rd Calm till 3 o'clock then fair wind. From Liverpool 1234.
24th. Fair, from Liverpool 1429,
25th. From Liverpool 1648, from New York 1593 miles.
26th. Tto New York 1464.
27th. Beautiful day but a calm, from New York 1420.
28th. From New York 1318.
29th. From New York 1270 miles.
30th. Fair wind, going fast, nearly turned out of bed, boxes, cans, bottles, tea pots, plates, and all sorts about the deck. From New York 1113.
May 1st. From New York 995.
May 2nd. Wet day, all's well, from New York 882.
3rd. From New York - -
4th. From New York - -
5th. From New York 548.
6th. Beautiful day. Calm. Last night an old sister died from old age and buried at 2 o'clock and at 3 the English had concert and then dancing. There is dancing every night when fine, and plenty of meetings. Fine day -- all well.
7th. Fine day, all well.
8th. From New York 360. 4 Scandinavians married.
May 7th. 10th Avenue.
May 9th. Fair wind from New York 297 miles.
May 10th. Calm, from New York 284.
11th. Going fast, fair wind, from New York 115 miles. [p. 1]
12th. Fair wind arrived at New York in the afternoon. Ships company in high spirits - the whole of the Saints.
13th. Landed in Castle Garden, with Sarah and Fanny. Kindly received by Brother Bridge from England and kindly received and made welcome to all I needed.
14th. The Saints left for Florence. Sarah and Fanny gone with them and I left in New York. I felt to rejoice with the Lord to think so many of the Saints were gone to the place appointed for them. I praise his high and holy name.
18th. Stopping at Brother Bridge' house. Money in my pocket $2.80.
22nd. My first meeting with the Saints in the new world was on Sunday, the 15th in New York. Today at Williams Borough. The Saints all well, rejoicing in the work of the Lord.
24th. Rebaptized, confirmed 29th and appointed No. 3 district to teach. Bore testimony of the work of God.
25th. Attended meeting. Williams Bourgh received in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the branch of New York.
N.B. 23rd My first day's work at galvanizing iron. Wages $6 per week.
30th. Wages raised $6.75. Well and rejoicing in the work of God.
23 N.B. Received my first week's wages at the galvanizing works $6.75 for which I praise the Lord. . . .
August 18, 1859.
It was on the 23rd of July that I burned at the galvanizing works my two feet. The right foot was very bad, the other slightly. I'm getting well quick, still holding onto the work of the Lord, knowing it to be true.
Was able to get out of my room on the - -. Went to work on Sept. 26th. A piece of the bone of my second toe came out on Oct. 13th. Getting on well. I had taken two more pieces of bone out of my third toe on Nov. 30th.
December 31. It is with great pleasure I now look back and see what I have gone through by the help of the Lord and I thank his most high and holy name for preserving me to this present time. I am still rejoicing in the Latter-day work, knowing it to be the work of the Lord and I have had a great desire to go n and progress in the church and Kingdom of God in the forthcoming year and gather up to Zion for which I have set out for. I have $24 towards it. . . .[p. 2] [NO ACCOUNT OF ENTRANCE INTO SLC]
BIB: Fry, John James. Journal 1849-1860, pp. 1-2. (CHL)